When the San Francisco Giants acquired Evan Longoria in 2017, more than a few eyebrows were raised at the deal. This was an aging player, whose productivity was declining, yet the Giants still acquired him on a contract that required them to shell out more than $80 million across six years. Fast forward to 2019, the naysayers’ predictions seem to have come true with a below-par performance by the third baseman. So, what does the future hold for Longoria and indeed the giants? Read on and discover the truth right here including facts about Longoria’s salary as well as sister.
Evan Longoria’s Background
Evan Michael Longoria was born on the 7th of October 1987 in Downey, California. He started playing baseball as a child and played all throughout his high school days. He recorded several impressive feats, including a first-team all-league selection as a senior. Despite all these glowing achievements, Longoria did not receive scholarship offers from any colleges and this was attributed to his scrawny frame.
The young man did not allow this temporary setback to discourage him. He rather enrolled at a nearby community college and proceeded to give an outstanding performance in his freshman year. The scholarship offers immediately rolled in, and Longoria transferred to Longbeach State University in his sophomore year. The Bellflower native continued his impressive form at Longbeach. He also built up his physical stature and by the time the 2008 MLB draft came around, he was picked 3rd overall.
Evan Longoria was picked by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 MLB draft. He went on to spend a total of 11 years with the team during which he set several league and franchise records. He also received many individual honors including All-Star honors (3), Golden Glove award (3), Silver Slugger award (1) and the 2008 AL rookie of the year.
Longoria had hoped to spend the entirety of his career with the Rays. It was however not to be as he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in 2018. The agreement was a four-player deal that saw two Giants’ players, Denard Span and Christian Arroyo, move in the opposite direction. Since arriving in San Francisco, Longoria has failed to replicate the form that made him the best player in Rays’ history.
The California native missed most of the 2018 season with injury and even when he returned, he posted career-lows home runs, runs batted in and batting average. The figures have further deteriorated with the 2019 season, and the Giants seem to be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. They can only hope that Longoria’s performance will marginally improve as time goes on.
Facts About His Salary
Evan Longoria in 2012 signed a $100 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal, however, took effect from 2017 and is set to run until 2023. Under the terms of the deal, Longoria earned $11.5 million in 2017, $13.5 million in 2018, and $14.6 million in 2019. The numbers will then significantly improve to $15.6 million in 2020, $18.6 million in 2021 and $19.6 million in 2022. The San Francisco Giants (who inherited the contract) also have the option of extending the deal to 2023 in return for a paycheck of $13 million. It is however unlikely that they will be activating this clause as the third baseman has been posting abysmal stats for some time.
Is Eva Longoria His Sister?
Evan Longoria hails from a family of six. His father’s name is Michael while his mother’s name is Ellie. The baseball star also has three younger siblings comprising of one sister and two brothers. The names of these siblings are not publicly available but it is known that they are equally gifted athletes. Meanwhile, some people hold the erroneous impression that Evan Longoria is the brother of Hollywood actress, and Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria. This is however NOT TRUE.
Despite the similarity in surnames and even first names, there is no blood relationship between these two accomplished individuals. This fact has however not stopped people from peppering the MLB player with that particular question all throughout his career. Opposing fans also use that to rile him up but he takes it in stride. Meanwhile, after a stellar 2008 season, Eva Longoria sent her namesake a bottle of champagne as a gift. The baseball player reciprocated with three autographed jerseys.